India in SA
Proteas need to find their way
Morne Morkel (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Proteas’ bowlers will need to find a way to succeed in the conditions they have been handed in the current Test against India at Kingsmead in Durban.
The bowlers toiled hard in unresponsive conditions after losing the toss, and will need to have a strong mindset to skittle the remaining nine Indian wickets.
"We as bowlers were a little bit surprised by the pace of the wicket today," Morne Morkel said after the day’s play which was shortened by bad light.
"We thought it was a touch on the slow side.
"As a bowling unit it was important for us to move away from that.
"After the first five to 10 over spells we came together as a unit and decided that we would have to deal with the conditions."
Morkel feels it will be the reverse swing that will play a key role in tomorrow morning’s first session.
"It’s very dry," he said of the wicket.
"It’s a touch on the slow side but what I was personally surprised by was the fact that after 13 overs the ball looked 60 overs old.
"We have to find a way to bring reverse swing into the game.
"It’s the sort of wicket that is going to be tough to strike on, but it’s important for us to restrict them and take wickets, that’s the mindset that we have to have tomorrow."
The speedster made an almost miraculous recovery after spraining his ankle during the first Test in Johannesburg less than a week ago, and has credited Proteas physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, for the speedy mend.
"I did a lot of rehab and work with Jacko (Jackson), ‘the magic man’ behind the scenes, I need to give him all the credit," he said.
"Our main concern was to get the swelling down.
"As soon as the swelling went down we were able to work on it, which made it easier.
"I’m happy to be playing this Test especially because of Jacques and it being his last Test match."